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An Arab oil organization devises a plan to wreck the world economy in order to cause anarchy and chaos.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hubbell Smith
Maxwell Emery
Roy Lefcourt
Sal Naftari
Jerry Fewster
Ron Frazier ...
Gil Hovey
Betsy Okamoto
Crocker Nevin ...
Warner Ackerman
Marvin Chatinover ...
Henry Lipscomb
Ira Wheeler ...
Mr. Whitelaw (as Ira B. Wheeler)
Paul Hecht ...
Norman Snow ...
Nelly Hoyos ...
Sally Sockwell ...
Mrs. Fewster


An Arab oil organization devises a plan to wreck the world economy in order to cause anarchy and chaos.

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The most erotic thing in their world was money.


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11 December 1981 (USA)  »

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This movie was the second consecutive box-office flop for actor Kris Kristofferson whose previous picture had been the financial disaster Heaven's Gate (1980). See more »


Maxwell Emery: Listen me out! Money, capital, has a life of its own. It's a force of the nature like gravity, like the oceans, it flows where it wants to flow. This whole thing with the Arabs and gold is inevitable, we're just going with the tide. The only question is whether you wanna let it go like an unguided missile and raise hell or whether you wanna keep it in the hands of responsible people, keep it channable, keep it quiet.
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23 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a 1981 movie Jane Fonda "got made" after her exploration of the dangers of nuclear power in the "China Syndrome" back in 1979. She was driving to tell the story of real money - gold and how OTHER parts of the world value gold as real money while the Americans don't understand it. (Note: And it's not about Jane. I don't even like Jane Fonda...her politics aren't supposed to be in the acting on the screen. At some point a movie - or any art - is not about the artist's personality, it's about what's on the page or the score or on the screen.)

The plot line is about "outsiders" not rolling over their CDs in American banks and buying gold...and what the loss of those foreign investments means to the financial establishment in New York. I'll admit the acting and the romance are not top notch. So what? This movie was a "financial thriller" and there just ain't many of these movies made. Movies need bank financing, and banks usually won't finance anything that makes them look bad or stupid. (They show "I'ts a Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart on TV only once a year now because it shows "run on the bank" at the Bailey Savings and Loan - not something the financial establishment wants Americans to even think about.) I'm a Certified Financial Planner and I recommend this movie in my classes along with Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" and "Boiler Room" as movies that shed light on the financial world in which we live today. In 2005, it's even more important for people to understand the relationships between gold and paper money as the cycle from the 1970's reasserts itself.

And get over the Arab slights in the movie. They weren't the point back in 1981 and they aren't the point now. A lack of political correctness is not a reason to avoid this movie.

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